New and Noteworthy Picture Books February 2023

February 13, 2023 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon. One title is currently available in eBook format, though more of these titles may be added. These will be automatically linked to this blog post as they are acquired. 


The Coat by Séverine Vidal, illustrated by Louis Thomas (ages 4-8)

Elise has been waiting years for her sister's warm red coat, and when it is finally hers, she decides to pay it forward by giving it to a little girl experiencing homelessness. A must read, this book is perfect for teaching little ones about the importance of giving and showing kindness to those in need.

Kindest Red

The Kindest Red by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly (ages 4-8)

From the team who created The Proudest Blue comes another heartfelt story about family, friendship and the power of kindness. It is picture day at school, and when Faizah and her big sister Asiya don't match like the rest of her classmates and their siblings, Faizah's friends come to the rescue and show kindness in unexpected ways.

Mermaid and Pirate

Mermaid and Pirate by Tracey Baptiste, illustrated by Leisl Adams (ages 3-6)

When a storm hits and his ship begins to sink, a pirate meets a mermaid who shows him that you do not need to speak the same language in order to be kind and make a new friend.

Spicy Spicy Hot!

Spicy Spicy Hot! by Lenny Wen (ages 4-8)

When Nenek visits from Indonesia, everyone is excited to eat her sambal, but for Lintang it is spicy, spicy hot! After experimenting with Nenek, Lintang is able to find the perfect sambal recipe that is just right for her. A beautiful intergenerational story that even includes a recipe at the end.

Woo Hoo! You're Doing Great!

Woo Hoo! You’re Doing Great! by Sandra Boynton (ages 3-6)

Sandra Boynton is back in this hilarious story about a chicken who is your own personal cheerleader. If you are ever feeling down and blue, or are learning something new, chicken is always there to remind you that "Woo hoo! You're doing great!"


Posted on behalf of Teresa, Children's Selection Team.

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